Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 8:07 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Duckworth To Take Pay Cut If Sequester Happens

Duckworth To Take Pay Cut If Sequester Happens

Rep. Tammy Duckworth is ready to take one for the team. If Congress fails to reach a compromise that would avoid sequestration, Duckworth said she will take the same pay cut other programs would see when the... Read »

Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 8:42 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Duckworth Applauds Women In Combat

Duckworth Applauds Women In Combat

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who made her name as a military veteran, is thrilled about the Defense Department's decision to allow more women in combat. Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Meet Illinois' New Members of Congress

Meet Illinois' New Members of Congress

Seven Illinois congressional seats will change hands this year, an extraordinarily high turnover. Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 at 10:32 AM
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By Emily Feldman

113th Congress Sworn in Thursday: Meet Your Leaders

113th Congress Sworn in Thursday: Meet Your Leaders

The 113th Congress will convene Thursday at noon for the first time to officially take the reins of government from its predecessors, who bear the distinction of being the least productive and popular Congress... Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Walsh Talks Political Future During Final Town Hall

Walsh Talks Political Future During Final Town Hall

Defeated U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh is going to have a lot of time on his hands come January. But don't expect him to step out of the political spotlight just yet. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Joe Walsh: One-Term Wonder

Joe Walsh: One-Term Wonder

Serving one term in Congress doesn't mean the end of your career. It happened to another Illinois, Abe Lincoln. Read »

Sunday, Nov 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Duckworth: It's 'Essential' to Honor Veterans

Duckworth: It's 'Essential' to Honor Veterans

Iraq war veteran and Congressman-elect Tammy Duckworth says it's important to remember and appreciate those who've served in wars on Veterans Day and beyond. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By Lisa Balde, BJ Lutz & Marcus Riley

Who Won, Lost and Didn't Show Up In Illinois

Several state races for the House and Senate reached national status thanks to the talkers Illinois politics has become known for: scandal and controversy. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 6:33 AM
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By Carol Marin

How Joe Walsh Lost to Tammy Duckworth

How Joe Walsh Lost to Tammy Duckworth

Why did Joe Walsh, national Tea Party superstar, lose? And Tammy Duckworth win? The question of a medically necessary abortion best explains it. In this election cycle, three men — all Tea Party candidates —... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 2:42 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Duckworth Unseats Walsh in 8th Congressional

Rep. Joe Walsh finds himself booted out of office after just two years in Congress. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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